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Piperaceae, Piper capensis

October 2, 2009

I took this photo of P. capensis in western Kenya, in the Kakamega forest. It is used locally as a remedy for sore throat. I happened to have a sore throat at the time which it helped to alleviate. The flower spike (pictured below in the foreground of the leaf) is chewed. It has a fresh, agreeable effect, with an almost minty or wintergreen flavor. The flower spike is chewed and the resulting saliva swallowed. After sufficient chewing the plant matter is spit out.

Piper capensis leaf

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  1. August 21, 2013 10:08:26 am

    i have also found this plant growing in the mt kenya forest base, tried drying leaves,and fruit to get powder and solutions from the fruit. if you know ways to use the piper capense commercially,please contact me.

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